And now, the Newb presents... Why?

Apr 4, 2014, 11:36 AM |

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I've been inviting people to help me revive a dying group - targeting international players who've been online recently. We've got about 70 members but only 3 or 4 participate. Makes matches tough.

Anyway, I had someone ask me Why did I want to add him to the group when he "sucks at chess". I think my answer applies to anyone who thinks they can't contribute to a group because their skill level is less than they'd like it to be.

To whom it may concern,

You won't always suck at chess. You haven't played a lot of correspondence-type online games. Slow down. Take your time. Learn your openings. It will make you better at your live chess.

You have a lot of friends and you're in some educational groups that I'm in as well. Use them. Reach out to people.

You joined a little before I did. But I played 250 s-l-o-w online games last year. I blog about what I learned in my first year. I think you just need to play more chess. Worldwide Chess Club needs you. We don't care if you win or lose. We just need people to show up for matches : )

In the first group I joined, my match record was 2-15. No one ever complained.

You're x-years-old. You have an interest. You show some creativity. You could be a Grand Master by the time your my age (48).

That's WHY.